Sir Clive Woodward is the World Cup-winning Head Coach who led England’s rugby players to World Cup glory in Australia in 2003. A former England International and British & Irish Lion himself, during Clive’s tenure as Head Coach England moved from 6th in the world to being the number one ranked team, winning every trophy an England team can win.
In 2006 Clive joined the British Olympic Association as Team GB’s Director of Sport. He worked in close partnership with key stakeholders in British Sport to support the national coaches and athletes at the Beijing & Vancouver Olympics as well as to deliver Team Britain’s most successful Olympic Games at London 2012.
Clive is currently the Founder and Chairman of Hive Learning – an app which has digitised Clive’s coaching methods and is designed to improve the quality of learning in business and sport. Alongside his role as the Director of Sport for the APEX2100 International Ski Academy which aims to become the World’s Leading High-Performance Academy for young, aspiring athletes wanting to achieve their goals in Alpine Skiing.
Early in his career, Clive enjoyed success on the pitch, winning 21 caps as a player and twice touring with the British Lions. He also worked in business, first with Rank Xerox in the UK and Australia. He then became sales director of a leasing company within the Ford Group, before forming his own successful leasing operation.
Clive was universally credited with bringing professionalism, cutting-edge techniques and new management skills to English rugby. As he explains in talks, the squad’s achievements were built on back-room expertise, close attention to detail, thorough mental and physical preparation, competitor analysis and ruthless decision-making.
After leaving rugby Clive became Technical Director and Director of Football at Southampton, and a UEFA qualifiedfootball coach, before joining the British Olympic Association with a mission to integrate coaches and athletes from all sports into Team GB. London 2012 produced the most successful British performance of the modern era, with 65 medals including 29 golds.
As a renowned speaker, Clive delivers thought-provoking, engaging and entertaining keynotes tailored to the requirements of each organisation he works with. Carefully crafted to inspire, motivate and challenge, Clive’s presentations blend practical tools with inspiring video insights from his career as a businessman, athlete and coach acting as a storied backdrop. The philosophies inherent in the development of high-performance teams are the result of a cross-pollination of ideas from Clive’s experience of business and sport. The qualities that identify a leader are common to both business and sporting environments. The ability to think clearly under pressure is as key to success in the boardroom as it is in the cauldron of a sell-out international fixture. Clive Woodward’s success lies in his ability to communicate and instil often challenging ideas with a practical and proven methodology.
View Sir Clive Woodward’s masterclass: T-Cup Thinking – Thinking Correctly Under Pressure
"I have REALLY enjoyed working with Maria and the team for a number of years, their professionalism and meticulous attention to detail always shines through and really helps me to deliver my best on the day for the client" Sir Clive Woodward
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